NOW IT’S WAR!

New Charl­ton protest group bid to put pres­sure on the club’s own­ers

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By John Lyons

CRIT­ICS would say Charl­ton’s top brass haven’t achieved any­thing in their time at the helm, but it’s not true – they’ve united the fans against them!

The Coali­tion Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD) have gar­nered plenty of pub­lic­ity in the last year or so with their high-pro­file stunts, but the Bel­gian owner and his trusted side­kick, Ka­trien Meire, have a new protest group to con­tend with – and this time it’s WAR!

The Women Against the Regime are ea­ger to pile pres­sure on Duchatelet and chief ex­ec­u­tive Meire to sell up and leave the Val­ley.

The fe­male sup­port­ers of Charl­ton say their acro­nym “is a tongue-in-cheek ref­er­ence to the as­ser­tion about fan protests by CEO Ka­trien Meire in her talkSPORT in­ter­view on Oc­to­ber 27 that ‘this war, if we can re­fer to this as a war, is re­solved through talk­ing’.”

The newly-launched group have ap­proach­ing 30 mem­bers, but ex­pect the num­bers to surge as they pro­mote them­selves via so­cial me­dia.

WAR spokes­woman Alison Carr said: “We come un­der the CARD um­brella and we are an­other group protest­ing against the own­ers. We won’t give up un­til they go. They don’t un­der­stand Charl­ton, its his­tory and its roots.”

Carr is a life­long Charl­ton fan with the Ad­dicks in her blood. Her great-grand­fa­ther and great- un­cle were di­rec­tors in the 20s and she’s been a sea­son ticket holder for many years. But, be­cause of her dis­may with how the cur­rent own­ers have run the club, which sank into League One last term and has changed man­agers at an alarm­ing rate, she is now boy­cotting games. “It was a very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion, but the club has lost the feel­ing it used to have and is a shadow of its for­mer self,” she said. “I won’t go back un­til the own­ers go – or there is a big protest against them.”

For their part, Dutchatelet and Meire have shown no sign of want­ing to leave.

On that talkSPORT show, Meire said: “There are al­ways peo­ple that would be in­ter­ested in ac­quir­ing a club in Lon­don, but so far noth­ing con­crete and the club is not for sale. “One of the mis­takes we have made is that we haven’t utilised the knowl­edge and pas­sion that fans have for this club. “I am de­ter­mined to make this work and I in­vited the protesters to meet with me and solve it be­cause a war is solved by talk­ing to each other. “They re­fused but the door is al­ways open, and I hope at some point they will come around.” The war goes on…

Ka­trien Meire

Alison Carr

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